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By Erin Smith

The Leland Police Department has a warning for residents in southeastern North Carolina. Residents are reporting that a caller is contacting them and claiming a relative has been arrested for DWI.

The Leland Police Department said the way the scam works is the caller poses as a member of the prosecutor’s office.

According to a Facebook post by the Leland Police Department, “The caller states a family member has been arrested for driving while impaired and bail needs to be posted. The caller goes on to state that they are a prosecutor and will be very discreet with the information if payment is made over the phone to an account the caller provides.”

This is not how the prosecutor’s office handles such cases. If you receive a call like this, hang up and contact your local law enforcement agency.